All human beings are entrepreneurs. When we were in the caves, we were all self-employed … finding our food, feeding ourselves. That’s where human history began. As civilization came, we suppressed it. We became “labor” because they stamped us, “You are labor.” We forgot that we are entrepreneurs.
– Muhammad Yunus, Nobel Peace Prize winner and micro finance pioneer
I read this quote this weekend from the book, The Start-Up Of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform Your Career, by Reid Hoffman and Ben Casnocha. I’ve only just begun this book but I can tell I’m going to like it.
I love the concept that the quote invokes. As the book opens (and the title suggests), the authors emphasize that being an entrepreneur doesn’t mean you have to go start your own company. You can still think and act like an entrepreneur. Or as I’ve stated previously, you can be an entrepreneur with a job.
I’ll report back on how the book is as I go along. Might be a while as I just loaded my iPad up with the first two seasons of Breaking Bad, and from what everyone has told me, its going to distract me for a while.